11 Boarding School Students Remanded After Photos Of Bully Victim's Bruises Go Viral
11 students from a boarding school in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu have been remanded to assist in the investigation of a bullying incident involving their schoolmate
According to Harian Metro, the suspects, aged 14 to 17, were detained after they were brought in to testify at the Kuala Terengganu district police headquarters on Monday, 18 April.
Photos of an individual with bruises on their thighs had gone viral earlier that day.
A Facebook user had alleged a Form Two student, his nephew, was brought to an empty room in the school's hostel and beaten up from 11pm to 3.30am by a group of Form Five seniors.
The post was later deleted, but not before the photos were reposted by other social media accounts.
Kuala Terengganu district police chief ACP Abdul Rahim Md Din confirmed that the police are investigating the incident that is believed to have happened last Thursday, 14 April
He said a group of suspects allegedly hit and kicked a 14-year-old victim, causing him to suffer minor injuries and bruises on his left and right thighs.
The victim and his family lodged a police report about the incident at about 9.40pm on Sunday, 17 April.
"The victim had called his mother to go to the hostel to bring him home before he revealed what had happened," said the police chief, as quoted by Sinar Harian.
"The victim was also sent for treatment at the outpatient department of Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ)."
The 11 students were placed under remand for three days for further investigation under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting
Abdul Rahim, however, said preliminary investigations showed the incident is believed to have occurred due to a misundertanding between them.
"The victim is believed to have been called by a suspect, who is a friend in the hostel, to head to the first floor before a misunderstanding caused the victim to get beaten and kicked by the suspects," he said.